Computer pornography, one of the newest forms of merchandized erotica, comes in the form of interactive videos featuring porn models and actresses who respond to commands dictated by the computer keyboard. Pornographic films are converted into digital data for compact discs, which thus bestow the videos with realistic detail of sexual scenarios. Some programmes offer a series of choices, which allow the viewer to orchestrate what occurs on screen according to his desires. Many believe computer pornography and its unrealistic manipulation of women serves only to encourage unrealistic sexual expectations by men.
After a Tennessee resident complained, a California couple was charged with transmitting pornographic text and images over its member-only bulletin board. The trial is predicted to define the notion of local community standards in the online world.